Rolls-Royce updates Phantom

By CARSIFU | 13 May 2022

LONDON: Rolls-Royce has introduced a new expression for the Phantom Series II that projects more commanding presence as well and interior refinement.

The ‘"best car in the world" gets enhanced by a new polished horizontal line between the daytime running lights above the Pantheon Grille that imparts new and assertive modernity, reflecting its driver-focused character.

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A subtle geometric change to the Pantheon Grille makes the ‘RR’ Badge of Honour and Spirit of Ecstasy mascot more prominent when viewed from the front.

The grille itself is now illuminated, a feature debuted and popularised in Ghost.

Headlights now come with intricate laser-cut bezel starlights, creating a visual connection with the Starlight Headliner inside, and adding to Phantom's night-time presence.

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Its luxurious interior remains almost unaltered except with the steering wheel been made slightly thicker.

Phantom’s side profile retains Rolls-Royce’s signature short front and long rear overhang, long wheelbase and broad C-pillar that allows greater privacy for occupants.

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The new wheels design are the 3D milled stainless steel wheel with triangular facets that is available in a fully or part-polished finish.

Also debuting is "Rolls-Royce Connected" that enables the owner to send an address directly to the Phantom from Whispers, the Rolls-Royce private-members’ Application, providing seamless navigation to an event, restaurant, dealership or even the Home of Rolls-Royce itself.

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"Rolls-Royce Connected" also displays the car’s location, security status and current "health" condition on Whispers; at the touch of a button, the owner can contact a dealership for any servicing requirements or information about the car.

To mark the introduction of Phantom Series II and to illustrate Rolls-Royce's Bespoke capability, the marque has created a custom upholstery, Phantom Platino, named after platinum, the silver-white finish of the coveted precious metal.

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Phantom Platino continues Rolls-Royce’s exploration into fabric interiors, a story which began in 2015 with the launch of Serenity, another  bespoke Phantom with a hand-painted, hand-embroidered silk interior.

Phantom Platino introduces materials other than leather, an area of exploration for Rolls-Royce and a move that highlights a greater acceptance of alternative interior upholsteries.

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Echoing the marque’s formative days, the front seats of Phantom Platino are finished in fine Rolls-Royce leather, while those in the rear are upholstered in fabric.

The tone-on-tone of Platino's interior is achieved by combining two differing fabrics; one created in an Italian mill for its durable yet luxurious appearance, the other derived from bamboo fibres, selected for its lustrous finish.

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Both materials share an original repeating pattern based on an abstract interpretation of the Spirit of Ecstasy.

The same design also appears on the Phantom’s dashboard clock.

In an unique design created for the Platino, the "stars" of the headliner are placed to draw the eye rearwards, with whimsical shooting stars following the sweeping arc of the pattern.

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Rolls-Royce Motor Cars chief executive officer Torsten Müller-Ötvös said the subtle changes  adds to the car's aura of "perfection".

“They felt it could not be improved; but while naturally respecting that view, we believe it is always possible, indeed necessary, to gently go further in our pursuit of absolute perfection."